Ryland Aldrich
Festivals Editor; Los Angeles, California

Ryland is a filmmaker and freelance writer based in sunny Los Angeles. He has been contributing to Twitch since 2009 and covering the festival beat as Festivals Editor since 2011. He writes on topics from sports to politics to tech at enderzero.net and spends the rest of his time on twitter at @RylandAldrich.

Tribeca 2014: Twitch Raises The Curtain With 17 Must-Sees

Spring has most certainly arrived in The Big Apple (finally), which means so has the Tribeca Film Festival. Now in its 13th year, the fest kicks off tonight with Time Is Illmatic, multimedia artist One9's documentary on Nas' landmark album... More »
  

Stanley Film Fest Adds Panels, Screenings, & Joe Dante Tribute

You may have caught the entire incredible Stanley Film Fest announcement earlier this month. Today we are back with some updates and additions. Most notably, the fest has announced it will be giving its Master of Horror award to... More »
  

Werner Herzog's 5th Rogue Film School to Land This Summer in LA

If there is list of filmmakers out there with plenty to teach about the art of cinema, Werner Herzog would have to be towards the top. Lucky for aspiring directors, he is doing just that. Werner Herzog has announced... More »
  

Review: JOE Paints A Searing Portrait Of Rural Torment

Nicolas Cage has enjoyed a varied career, to say the least. From big budget blockbusters to notable indies, many would call his decision making curious, if not downright bizarre. In a lot of ways, this echoes the directing choices of... More »
  

R100, THE SACRAMENT, STARRY EYES, DOC OF THE DEAD, Miike Lead Strong Line-Up For 2nd Annual Stanley Film Fest

This rarely happens. Almost never do you look at a festival lineup and think, "I want to see (or already saw and loved) every single film that's playing." So kudos to the programming team at the Stanley Film Fest... More »
  

Review: GOODBYE WORLD Waves Farewell In Fantastically Entertaining Fashion

Man has always been fascinated with the end of the world, but filmmakers seem extra intrigued recently, with World War Z, It's A Disaster, This is the End, After Earth, Oblivion, The Fifth Season, and Cloud Atlas all tackling the... More »
  

Dallas 2014 Preview: Twitch Picks 12 Must See Films

The indomitable Dallas International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow night with the gala premiere of Fred Schepisi's Words and Pictures. Twitch will have (cowboy) boots on the ground with plenty of coverage from across the city. To jump start our... More »
  

Crowdfund This: Female-Helmed Grindhouser SHEILA SCORNED

We haven't spent a lot of time talking about crowdfunding site Seed & Spark but their clever film-centric model and slick site is worth a browse for anyone looking to support some very worthy projects. One of those very... More »
  

Review: THE RAID 2 Sets A New High Point For Violent Action Cinema

It was no hyperbole when we called The Raid: Redemption "the best action movie in decades." That film redefined martial arts cinema for the 21st century and announced Gareth Evans as one of the most exciting young directors working today.... More »
  

Review: BREATHE IN, A Heartbreaking Romance

Drake Doremus does one thing very, very well. He is a master at making the audience feel the emotions of his characters -- without relying on the typical protagonist story structure. His 2011 Sundance US Dramatic Competition-winning Like Crazy took... More »
  

Crowdfund This Round-Up: Bathroom Horror, Hopi, Madsen, & Film Bloggers

So where are you going to spend your hard-earned ducats this week? We've got some ideas. Join us on this tour of some of the crowdfunding film projects that have caught our eyes over the last few days. Click the... More »
  

Crowdfund This: Brew Up Some Love For DRIP

The filmmakers behind the barista competition documentary Drip are raising funds on Kickstarter and they've put together a pretty slick trailer to let you smell what they are brewing. They've also got some interesting incentives to perk you up... More »
  

Review: BLOOD TIES Knots Up 1970s New York

To call Guillaume Canet's Blood Ties a love letter to the 1970s is a bit of an understatement. The Clive Owen, Billy Crudup brothers-on-opposite-sides-of-the-law drama absolutely oozes with 1970s nostalgia, from its impeccable costume and production design to its almost... More »
  

Review: JODOROWSKY'S DUNE Delightfully Journeys Into The Brilliance That Might Have Been

What's the most important film never made? Is it Kubrick's Napoleon? How about Gilliam's take on Don Quijote? In his excellent sophomore feature documentary of the same name, director Frank Pavich would have you believe the answer is Jodorowsky's Dune.... More »
  

12 Takeaways From SXSW 2014 - Plus All Twitch's Reviews & Features

Another SXSW has come and gone and the Twitch crew is just starting to recover from the exhaustion. We've got links to all our review, interviews, and features, plus some personal takeaways below. All the fun and great films seem... More »
  

Borscht Film Fest Needs Your Help - And Here's The Awesome Short #POSTMODEM As Thanks

If you've been to film festival shorts program recently and found yourself watching some sort of weird, wonderful, and wacky short, there is a chance it was brought to you in part by the Borscht Corporation. Perhaps you caught... More »
  

SXSW 2014 Review: SEQUOIA Rises High

Suicide can be a pretty tough subject to tackle in film. Nine times out of ten, a "will they/won't they" drama suffers from the major flaw of deflated stakes as the audience is smart enough to figure out the... More »
  

SXSW 2014 Review: PRINT THE LEGEND Is A Fascinating Snapshot Of The Men Behind An Emerging Technology

What is the most important invention of the 21st century? The smart phone? Hybrid cars? Twitter? Filmmakers Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel would have you believe it is the 3D printer. These desktop devices allow users to print immediate... More »
  

SXSW 2014 Review: THE INFINITE MAN Is Indie Time Travel Mayhem At Its Best

Though they have long been very popular, films that involve time travel almost always cause much consternation. Even the films that do it well become the subject of heated debate over logic (see: Looper). And when the logic is... More »
  

SXSW 2014 Review: HONEYMOON Is All Parts Scare

From Honeymoon's opening montage of our newlywed couple reminiscing about falling in love, you might think you are settling in for romantic drama about the challenges of starting a life together. You'd be wrong. While plenty of challenges await... More »
  
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